Deezer Elite is coming to the UK and various other counties but what is it? Here's where we explain everything you need to know about Deezer Elite including release date, price and features. Read: Best streaming music services 2015 UK.
As one of the biggest rivals to Spotify, Deezer is introducing a new service to its music streaming business. "There is a lot of momentum happening in streaming and it's going to keep getting better for music lovers." said Sonos CEO John MacFarlane. "We're excited Deezer is pushing for even better quality and to bring Deezer Elite to more Sonos customers around the world."
What is Deezer Elite?
Deezer Elite is a new subscription service which will offer users high definition music. It's essentially the next step up from Deezer Premium+.
Deezer Elite price and free trial
You can try out Deezer Elite with a one-month free trial to decide whether you like it but after that it will cost you £14.99 per month. However, if you sign up for a year then it will cost you the equivalent of £10 per month with a one-off payment of £120.
If you already subscribe to Deezer Premium+, you'll be able to upgrade to Elite for no extra cost provided you sign up for a full year.
Deezer Elite release date and availability
Deezrer Elite will launch on 19 March and will be exclusively available through Sonos systems. If you don't have a Sonos system then continue using Deezer with the free version or with Premium+ via the app or web interface. Read our Sonos Play:1 review.
On 19 March, Deezer Elite will be available in 150 markets in Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Canada making it the largest global high definition streaming service, according to the firm. It's already available in the US.
Deezer Elite features
The main feature of Deezer Elite is the fact the music is available in high definition which the firm says is lossless 16-bit and 44.1kHz. This is CD quality and doesn't exactly count as high definition, though - we define it as anything higher than this.
It is higher quality than most streaming services, however, at roughly five times the bitrate of an MP3 - Spotify Premium offers 320kbps. Deezer's library of song available at this quality is more than 35 million strong. Everything is in the FLAC format and is at least 1,411 kbps.
As mentioned already, Deezer Elite is exclusively available via Sonos and you can add the music streaming service via the Sonos app or desktop application.